You know that Indian place on 1st Avenue with all those lights? This is it. Panna II makes some decent Indian food, but it’s really all about decor here. Year round, their dining room is filled with strings of colorful lights. And not just a few. They’re everywhere. It’s also BYOB, and it’s a good place for a more-fun casual group dinner.
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Here’s the good news: If you like the idea of eating various pig parts in some sort of spicy chili sauce, you’re going to love this joint. Jeepney is Maharlika’s second East Village restaurant, and this one is a take on a Filipino gastropub.
An excellent Israeli fusion restaurant in the East Village. No, you can’t order hummus and falafel. Yes, you’ll still love it.
Il Posto Accanto
Il Posto Accanto in the East Village is home to some of the best meatballs and pastas in town. Plus, it has a great wine list and open air dining.
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After closing their East Village location, this Indian restaurant is now back with a more upscale space near Union Square.
Adda is a great casual Indian restaurant in Long Island City, and you should be planning a trip here for some curry and cheesy naan.
The Bombay Bread Bar
The Bombay Bread Bar is a casual Indian restaurant in Soho that’s a fun spot for group dinners.
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